November 14, 2007

This. This is the right move

Now this is some good news...

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-NV, announced today that the Senate will not approve war funding this calender year unless it is a $50 billion measure that calls for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The supplemental proposal put forward by Reid - which will likely be introduced as legislation within a matter of weeks, maybe sooner - will mimic a version crafted by Democrats in the House of Representatives, an official with Reid's office confirmed. The cohesion between the chambers, said one Democratic aide, will help reinforce that the war is President Bush's responsibility, not Congress'.

"This keeps the pressure on the president," the source said. "This is something the American people want done. This is representative democracy."

Our insane President, Connecticut native George W. Bush, has already threatened to veto the bill, just like the one he vetoed Tuesday. Honestly, that's fine because it puts pressure on vulnerable Republicans and Democrats to cave in and support the override of the veto. It's a fight they, and he, can't win.

Oh, sure, some will see this as replay of Congress vs. The President, 1996. Those folks are wrong. Bill Clinton wasn't insane. George Bush is and the American people know it. Republicans better be ready to cave fast on these votes or there will be hell to pay at the ballot box. Just in case you were wondering, his reason was 'fiscal responsiblity'. The budget sent by Congress was about 1.6% off what the President proposed, or about $10 billion. Bush, the fiscal conservative, increased DoD's NON-WAR budget by almost 10% and still wants almost $200 bn more for the war in Iraq.

His next veto? He's saying it will be the tax bill that passed the House last week. It's the one that saves middle class taxpayers from the AMT and increases taxes on fund managers and Wall Street folks. That'll play well in the heartland.

You Republicans really don't need to make things easy for us. We'll step on you like cockroaches, anyway.

Posted by mcblogger at November 14, 2007 08:36 AM

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